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How early can you get gingivitis? 40's? 50's?

How early can you get gingivitis? 40's? 50's?

IF you have teeth: Young children to elderly can get gingivitis any time oral hygiene is inadequate. It is simply inflamation in the gums. If you mean periodontitis then it usually comes later but it is preventable with good oral hygiene and regular visits to your dentist, see your dentist. ...Read more

Dr. Gary Sandler
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Is gingivitis hereditary?

Is gingivitis hereditary?

Bacteria causes it.: Gingivitis is inflammation of the soft gum tissue, the diagnosis implies that the bone that supports the teeth is not affected. Like some other conditions, you may inherit a tendency toward gingivitis, but you cannot not inherit the condition. It is caused by germs accumulating at the gum line. ...Read more

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How is gingivitis treated?

How is gingivitis treated?

Brush your gums: Most people brush their teeth but ignore their gums. Make sure to brush the gums on both sides of your teeth- even if they bleed. Floss at least 3 times a week to flush food and bacteria from your gums. Your gums may bleed - but that is okay. The gums will 'tighten up' in a couple of days of brushing. Visit your dentist every six months to make sure you are brushing and flossing correctly. ...Read more

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How do I treat gingivitis?

Conservatively: After a proper diagnosis by your dentist, a thorough professional cleaning is recommended. Once your teeth are squeaky clean, then meticulous home care, a healthy diet, and tobacco avoidance should allow your gums to heal to a healthy state. ...Read more

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How I can treat gingivitis?

Gingivitis: Have your teeth cleaned by a dentist every 4-6 months. Brush and floss correctly and thoroughly as directed by your dentist. ...Read more

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Is gingivitis irreversable?

Is gingivitis irreversable?

Not usually.: Gingivitis or gum inflammation is usually reversible if you remove the cause of the swelling with the help of your dentist or hygienist in addition to excellent dental hygiene. If untreated it can lead to periodontitis--an often painless swelling of the gums and supporting tissues which causes bone loss, affects heart disease, and is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. ...Read more

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How does gingivitis go away?

With cleaning: Gingivitis is inflammation of the gums, which is usually due to bacteria-containing plaque and tartar at the gum line. Daily brushing & flossing prevents plaque formation. Your dentist will need to physically remove the plaque and tartar. In the absence of bacteria and plaque, the body is able to heal the inflammation. Gingivitis can also be caused by other factors, please consult your dentist. ...Read more

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How do you fight gingivitis?

How do you fight gingivitis?

Floss!: Good brushing and flossing, and perhaps use of a good mouthrinse like listerine. If it is just gingivitis then this will be beneficial, but if it's progressed to a more serious form, affecting the bone, your home care will not cure the problem. ...Read more

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How do people get gingivitis?

Not brushing: If you do not brush and floss you get build up of plaque and calculus on you teeth this cause you gingiva to become inflamed. This is gingivitis, if untreated it become periodontitis that's when it progresses from the gingiva and effects the supporting bone around the teeth. Your teeth become loose and you can lose them. Do oral hygiene and visiting you dentist every six months is important. ...Read more

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What does gingivitis look like?

What does gingivitis look like?

Red swollen gums: Red and swollen gums, that bleed easily to brushing and/ or flossing. If neglected- this condition will advance to periodontitis - which is severe gum problem, with teeth loss, bone loss etc. ...Read more

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What can I do about gingivitis?

What can I do about gingivitis?

Remove plaque: Go to a dental professional and get a cleaning. ...Read more

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Are these symptoms of gingivitis?

Gingivitis symptoms: Gingivitis is a form of gum disease, involving infection and inflammation of tissues surrounding teeth. It is usually painless, with subtle symptoms in the early stages. The first sign of gingivitis that most people notice is bleeding gums during tooth brushing. Other symptoms include redness, tenderness, or puffiness of the gums. Loose teeth and abscesses can indicate more advanced gum disease. ...Read more

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Any home remedies for gingivitis?

Any home remedies for gingivitis?

Floss!: Good brushing and flossing, and perhaps use of a good mouthrinse like listerine. If it is just gingivitis then this will be beneficial, but if it's progressed to a more serious form, affecting the bone, your home care will not cure the problem. ...Read more

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How can I make gingivitis go away?

Brush and floss: Brush well, floss and antiseptic mouth wash. Plus periodic cleanings/exam by dentist. ...Read more

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What are the tests for gingivitis?

What are the tests for gingivitis?

See a periodontist: You are best seeing a dentist who can examine you and evaluate your gum condition. Signs of gingivitis are sometimes swollen gums and/or bleeding gums also possible bad breath from food particles, plaque or acid products
it is easy to treat in its early stage. ...Read more

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Can gingivitis go away in two weeks?

Can gingivitis go away in two weeks?

YES!!!: Yes! If you brush carefully twice a day (small massaging motions with toothbrush, one tooth at a time) and flossing properly before you go to sleep (slide the floss gently into the gum beside your tooth). ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of gingivitis?

Gingivitis: Gums that have areas of red rather than pink, that bleed easily when flossing or brushing and gums that may look swollen or larger than normal. See your dentist for a check up as it is easily cured with a cleaning and good homecare. ...Read more

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What to do if I may have gingivitis?

Gingivitis: Earliest stage of gum disease. Readily treatable early. If allowed to progress will become exceedingly more difficult and expensive to treat. So don't wait. Call your dentist now! Your dentist will help you or refer you on to a gum specialist, a periodontist. Again, don't wait. ...Read more

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Is it possible to reverse gingivitis?

Yes, very easy: Gingivitis can be reverse simply by good oral hygiene in the area to remove the cause of inflammation (good brushing and flossing to remove the irritated plaque). Severe gingivitis as in the case of acute necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis may required antibiotic treatment with amoxicillin/metronidazole combination before full mouth debridement. ...Read more

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Can you tell me more about gingivitis?

Gum inflammation: In an early stage of gum disease, gingival tissue is swollen and is termed gingivitis. This will occur as plaque accumulated and cause a tissue inflammation and bleeding. Gingivitis can be reverse by good, thorough brushing and flossing in the area. Follow up with a good periodic cleaning every six month preferrably with your dentist. No bone loss or periodontal attachment loss in gingivitis. ...Read more

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How long does it take gingivitis resolve?

How long does it take gingivitis resolve?

Don't give up!: If your good habits at home, i.e. Brushing and flossing, don't reduce the problem, you may have more serious periodontitis rather than just gingivitis. See your dentist soon. ...Read more

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What is gingivitis and how is it treated?

Inflamed gums: That is the inflammation of gums margins around teeth, if left untreated turns into periodontitis which inflammation of tissues around teeth that is deeper into the gums and harder to treat.
I recommend seeing your dentist and getting the proper treatment and also to maintain good oral hygiene through brushing, flossing and eating healthy foods. ...Read more

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What should I do when you have gingivitis?

Dental prophylaxis: Seek care with a dentist. Then brush and floss your teeth daily and stay on a regular schedule of dental cleaning. ...Read more

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How do I eliminate gingivitis, please help?

Gingivitis: Call your dentist and make an appointment for a check up and a cleaning with a hygienist. ...Read more

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What are the different stages of gingivitis?

What are the different stages of gingivitis?

Gums that bleed: Gingivitis is the beginning stages, and by definition, your gums are inflamed, and you might see them bleed when you brush and floss. If this is left untreated, then the infection moves deeper into the jaw, and it progresses to the more severe, periodontal disease. ...Read more

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How long does it take to reverse gingivitis?

How long does it take to reverse gingivitis?

Weeks typically: Most cases of gingivitis are treated conservatively with removal of plaque and calculus by the dentist or dental hygienist then followed up daily by the total plaque removal by the patient at home using toothbrush, floss, oral rinses and tools like Proxy Brushes.

Oral rinses may be over the counter mouthwash like CloSys or prescription like Peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate 0.12%). ...Read more

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Is there any way someone can catch gingivitis?

NO: Gingivitis is a sign of a gum inflammation usually due to an infection of the gum. It cannot be catch from someone else but rather a consequence of a local infection (food impaction, poor oral hygiene). ...Read more

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Wondering what the symptoms of gingivitis are?

Wondering what the symptoms of gingivitis are?

Gum bleeding: Gingivitis, by definition, is infllammation of gingiva (gum tissue). Inflammation can be defined as localized pooling of fluids, i.e., bacteria, bacterial product, and host factors. Thus the symptoms are bleeding gum, swollen gum with round bulbous margin. Gum tissue changes includes color (light pink to red due to vascular genesis) and texture (flat to swollen, round, bulbous). ...Read more

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What are the symptoms/solutions for gingivitis?

Bleeding gums.: If your gums bleed when you brush, floss or "poke" with a toothpic between your teeth you probably have gingivits, or worse...Periodontitis.
See a dentist right away to assess the need for treatment. Could be simple, or quite complex. ...Read more

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How long does it take for gingivitis to develop?

3-4 weeks: It depends on the person's oral hygiene habits. With smokers and those who don't brush or floss it can set on within a couple of weeks.
For the rest of us it's usually 2-3 months before it can develop. ...Read more

Dr. Arnold Malerman
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